Tribute paid to popular Norfolk biker
PUBLISHED: 07:30 01 June 2010 | UPDATED: 15:55 07 July 2010
"He was my world. He was my everything. We completed each other and I will miss him forever."
“He was my world. He was my everything. We completed each other and I will miss him forever.”
Sarah Harvey's poignant words yesterday summed up her feelings as she paid tribute to her biker husband Peter, who was killed in a crash as he rode his beloved black Harley Davidson.
Mr Harvey, 50, of North Elmham, near Dereham, a member of the East Coast Harley Club and former member of the Outcasts biker gang, was in collision with a grey VW Golf at Stanfield on the evening of Saturday, May 22.
Dozens of bikers are expected to attend his funeral service in the village of Watlington, near Downham Market, where he grew up, on Saturday, June 12, noon. Mr Harvey had five children - Kayleigh, 19, Freddie, 18, Charley, 15, Rosie, 14, and Lenaya, eight, and a granddaughter Elle, two.
His wife said he was a devoted father and loving husband.
“He was a great dad who loved his kids and wished he could have done more with them, so much so that he had a gastric bypass last December. He had lost seven stone since then
and about three days before he died
he had got in to 38 inch jeans, as opposed to 54 inch ones he had worn at his biggest. He lost the weight for
us and we couldn't have been prouder.”
The couple met in September 1993 and got married four months later and moved to North Elmham from Scarning 11 years ago.
Mrs Harvey, 37, said: “His passion was always motorbikes and he had ridden them for many years. He had been friends with most of the East Coast Harley Club for many years and was delighted to have joined them earlier this year.”
He had got his Harley XLH 883 Sportster about a month ago and had enjoyed working on it with his brother John. “It meant everything
to him. He told me about two
weeks before the crash happened - and he must have told me about half a dozen times - that he felt he was alive again. Whenever he got the opportunity he would be out on his bike.”
Mr Harvey was a keen angler and spent a lot of time fishing, and had some great times with each of his children, especially at his favourite lakes at Pentney, near King's Lynn,
He turned 50 last September and had enjoyed a big party - attended by many bikers - at Tracks in North Elmham.
“He had the most fun he had ever had,” said Mrs Harvey, who also revealed how he had taught her to swim.
“In 36 years no one had been able to but Peter taught me last year. I trusted him and that is how he taught me. He was well chuffed that he had been able to do it.”
The crash happened at about 6.50pm on May 22 on the B1145 near to the junction with Back Lane.
Anyone with information about the crash or about the manner of driving of the vehicles should contact PC Keith Wiseman, of Norfolk Police's serious collision investigation team, on 0845 456 4567.